The State Fire Marshal’s Office says the body of a missing man in Orland has been found in the rubble of a house fire on Winkumpaugh Road. The man had initially escaped the fire, along with the other four residents, but went back in to find his dog. His identity has not been released.

An Old Orchard Beach man is charged with bigamy after an investigation that revealed he has wives in New Hampshire, Alabama, and Georgia, and officials say there may be more. Prosecutors allege that Michael Middleton had a pattern of marrying women he  met on line and then vanishing after gaining control of their assets.

Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would require teachers to notify parents before using books with explicit material in their lessons. The bill was introduced after Representative Amy Arata’s son was given the book ‘Kafka on the Shore’ for class. Opponents say the bill is unnecessary because there is already a process in place for parents to challenge educational materials.

A former State Legislator, who was also a radio morning announcer, has been nominated by the Governor to serve on the Board of Environmental Protection. Bob Duchesne served on the legislature for six terms and has headed many charitable organizations. He has his own guiding business and has chaired the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, as well as the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.

There will be plenty of outdoor fun this weekend at the Ellsworth Winter Carnival. Activities will include cardboard sled races, snow shoeing, snowmobile rides, and fireworks, along with an open mic night. Find more information on the Facebook page for Ellsworth Recreation’s Winter Carnival.

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